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Inclement weather and power outages during the 2020-21 school year

GIVEN THIS SCHOOL YEAR'S  UNIQUENESS, 

we are adjusting our parameters when it comes to inclement weather and/or power outages and their impacts on the school day.
It’s important to note that because of the AM/PM Hybrid Schedule for in-person learning, we will not be utilizing one- or two-hour delays this year. 

In order to help families and staff facilitate planning, BISD will do its best to make the decision whether or not school will be in session as soon as possible. But as we’ve experienced in the past, Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Sometimes a decision cannot be made until the last minute.  

If there will be changes to the usual school day, we will communicate with you via our communication channels:
  • Email
  • Mass notification via phone
  • Text (to those who are enrolled in our text alerts
  • On the BISD website
  • Via social media
  • Via local news stations (when appropriate)


SNOW (with accumulation)
 
During Continuous Learning (remote learning) and 100% Online Learning

  • It remains a typical day of Continuous Learning and 100% Online Learning
  • No in-person services for those students who access BISD sites; they will access their learning in a Continuous Learning environment
  • BISD facilities closed for after school interscholastic activities and outside rentals and reservation
  • This will count as a school day and thus, BISD will not be required to make it up at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with you via our usual channels
 

SNOW (with accumulation) During In-Person Learning

  • No in-person learning. Instead, students will access their learning via the asynchronous materials posted by teacher(s)
  • If applicable, a decision will be made by noon regarding extracurricular activities
  • This will count as a school day and thus, BISD will not be required to make it up at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with you via our usual channels
 

POWER OUTAGES During Continuous Learning (remote learning) & 100% Online Learning

  • BISD will work with Puget Sound Energy to determine how wide-spread the power outage is; if it is determined that the power will not be restored to the majority of the island by 9:30 a.m., it will be a non-school day
  • BISD facilities closed
  • This will not count as a school day and BISD may be required to make-up the day at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with you via our usual channels  
 

POWER OUTAGES During In-Person Learning

  • The decision will be made on a case by case basis and included in the decision will be whether or not Puget Sound Energy predicts the school will be without power for the majority of the day. A decision about the feasibility of transitioning to asynchronous learning for the day will be assessed. If not feasible due to a wide-spread lack of power, school may be canceled for the impacted building(s). 
  • BISD would need to apply for a waiver to the state for the missed day(s); if the waiver is not granted, the impacted school(s) may be required to make-up the day(s) at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with the impacted families and staff via our usual channels